Update On Arrow Five Outfitters: Land-Access Programs; More


Published: October - 2001

Last April I reported on a number of hunts conducted by Jim Schaafsma of Arrow Five Outfitters. You will remember I said Schaafsma was disappointed that his hunters from last season were unable to tag the kind of out-sized trophy blacktail bucks that have made his operation famous, although they did tag several that exceeded the B & C minimum. Naturally, he was concerned that it would happen again this fall. And so was I, because I had a personal booking with him this season. Having now returned from my hunt with Schaafsma, let me assure you that all is OK with this outfitter's blacktail operation. In fact, this year should be one of his best, if the rest of his season reflects his first week of hunting.

I booked my hunt with Schaafsma several years ago because I was after a magnum buck for a book I am writing on deer hunting. His waiting list was long, but I wanted to hunt with Arrow Five Outfitters because of the quality of bucks I knew Schaafsma has on his ranch. I made the right choice, as I killed a giant 5 x 7 non-typical scoring 147-7/8 points with three main beams and double eye guards on both main beams! A non-typical blacktail is so rare that B & C doesn't even have a category for it in their record book; but in the SCI book, it should rank as the new number eight after the 60-day waiting period. Another hunter who hunted that first week tagged a typical 4 x 4 scoring 140-5/8 points. And, we both took our bucks on the first morning of hunting!

I was in camp several days before the next hunter was scheduled to arrive, so my early kill allowed me plenty of time to scout and check out the ranch. What I found only confirmed my belief that this ranch is one of the best in North America for trophy blacktail deer. On our best day, Schaafsma and I saw 44 branch-antlered bucks. And, over a period of three days, we saw at least........(continued)

 
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